Holiday Survival Guide

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Holiday Survival Guide

The holiday season is fast approaching ... Every day, I hear the resigned testimony of people who fear headaches, stomachaches and the wakefulness that are approaching just as quickly. Here are my tips to get out of it!

Cooking your holiday meals

The most infallible thing to eat well in all circumstances is to cook a healthy dish and share it. It takes effort, will you say to me! And yet, it is infallible, I tell you.

Cooking allows you to:
  • Save money
  • Choosing the right ingredients
  • Control your blood sugar
  • To fart the braces!
  • Sharing good food and a more just and sustainable vision of life


When cooking healthy dishes, we make sure to eat well, even during the most watered evenings. If you are tempted by a fatty or sweet dish, the ideal is to use a larger portion of what we cooked "safe", and a smaller portion of this fat or sweet dish. This ensures a better digestion.

The more we are many and do it, and the more the family meals will turn into pleasant celebrations, without "day after day".

Do not make a fuss!

Sometimes, talking too much, you get resistance. For example, to insist too much on the fact that one eats vegetal, local, biological, without sugar, or health, that can fall back on us. If, for various reasons, those around us feel disturbed by our attitude, it is possible that we will seek to change our minds, including offering us the food we want to eat, or giving us offensive remarks. In these cases, in addition to fighting against our habits, we must also fight against others. The most discreet changes are sometimes the easiest to maintain! When they go unnoticed.

With us, Christmas has always been a "pot-luck": everyone brings one or two dishes and we share. Chacun.e uses this qu'ille wants and likes, and there's really something for everyone! Becoming a vegetarian in sixth grade, I quickly learned to cook my own main dishes.

I do not talk much about my food choices in my extended family, because I always dread the emotional and unreasoning comments of people who eat meat. What can be said in french about "C'est bon du bacon"? When our lives are devoted to sincere and scientific research on the effect of meat feeding on human health, animals, ecosystems, climate, forest, oceans, drinking water, violence, inequalities social issues and the future of societies!

I prefer to eat my salads quietly rather than throwing them on others. It's more efficient, and less tiring! And I think it can pay off in the long run.

As usual…
Recently, I started to make more noise with the release of my book , and echoes reached the ears of my family. At our last shared meal, one of my cousins ​​looked at me, suspicious perhaps, and he asked me, "Now , what are you going to do? "And I, impassive, I wondered what he was talking about ... He explained:" Being vegan, what are you going to eat? "

And here it was my turn to be surprised: " As usual! "I've been a vegetarian for 17 years (with about 4 years of age, as I already explained, towards the end of my adolescence), 6 years that I'm a vegan, and as much time as I participate in meals family, bringing lots of dishes, and carefully selecting what I put on my plate. Everything was exactly as usual, it was just that he had noticed!

And me, I continue my path, and sometimes, my dishes are popular, even if not always... And our meals are more and more digestible each year, since other members of the family cook also vegetable.

Here's a quick guide to making minor changes to the fatty, refined, sweet and savory vegetable recipes:

  1. White flours: Refined flours have lost most of their nutrients found in the pod and germ of the cereal. Replace with whole flours.
  2. Sugar: Sugar is a refined product that raises blood sugar so quickly that our pancreas has difficulty measuring its insulin response. Replace in all recipes with dried fruit, and / or stevia powder.
  3. Salt: Consumed too much, salt reduces the elasticity of the arteries and increases hypertension. Replace with less salt, or miso, which is salty but contains more nutrients, or seaweed.
  4. Margarine: A source of trans fat, we do not think it is harmful and yet it is literally a "weapon of mass destruction". The consumption of margarine is directly related to the obstruction of the arteries, the leading cause of death in the country. Replace with vegetable oil.


Would you take a little drink again?

You get to know me: I always promote health and prevention. I'd rather eat well and not take insulin than eat anything and take insulin. In the case of alcohol, it's the same. I prefer not to consume, and it suits me perfectly. I advise you too.

That said, and understandably, many of us love it, especially during the holidays. It's not rocket science, you know the song: moderation tastes better. Better to drink two glasses of water for each glass of alcohol. Red wine seems the least worse alcohol, then white wine and some beers. Strong spirits and cocktails, especially the sweetest, deserve to be forgotten.

Do not drink on an empty stomach, when your blood sugar is low, or when you have just taken insulin. Alcohol monopolizes the action of the liver, which seeks to eliminate it and momentarily "forgets" to release glucose into the blood. This regularly causes hypoglycaemia and everyone would do well on a festive night.

Two glasses are better than three, a glass is better than two, and half a glass, better than one. I remember that my aunt told me a wise word when I became diabetic:

You will be able to continue to eat whatever you want, do not worry. You just have to dose. For example, take a single bite of such a dessert and enjoy it for a long time.

I have since changed my mind. There are some foods that I prefer not to eat at all, but I keep this advice carefully for some ethical and delicious desserts such as maple syrup or dried dates. Today, I prefer to bet on quality rather than quantity.

To you to manage according to your own desires :)

(Re) solutions for the wakefulness

It's something I do not live often. To tell the truth, it's been almost 12 years since I did not celebrate to the point of feeling the harmful effects the next day. I am talking about theoretical knowledge, no experience!

Three things:
  1. Drink plenty of water, before, during, after. Water facilitates the evacuation of everything that needs to be evacuated.
  2. Eat thistle powder, available at all herbals and most natural food stores, before, during, after.
  3. Eating bitter plants: green leafy vegetables, artichokes, celery, watercress, Brussels sprouts, grapefruit, infusions of dandelion and burdock roots, chamomile, etc. Anything that is bitter helps the liver.


Nevertheless, I repeat it, it's experience, I promote it, it's sincere: moderation has a better taste, before, during, after. I swear to you: I do not miss at all, at all, the feeling too heavy that I felt being younger, when I less respected the needs of my body.

Really, I wish you a happy holiday to all, enjoy life, in a sustainable way and happy!

What are you doing to keep your physiological and emotional happiness during the holiday season?